Good Lollipop Kills Bacteria That Causes Tooth Decay


There seems to be a new Willy Wonka in town. Microbiologist Wenyuan Shi and his team at the School of Dentistry (UCLA) have managed to create a lollipop that is actually good for the teeth. The orange-flavored, sugar-free lollipop they devised is infused with a natural ingredient found in licorice that kills the primary bacterium causing tooth decay, Streptococcus mutans.

Marketed as Dr. John’s Herbal Candy, the lollipop is now available for purchase through a candy manufacturer that licenses the technology from UCLA.


University of California, Los Angeles (2008, February 5). Enjoy Candy Without The Cavities: Good Lollipop Kills Bacteria That Causes Tooth Decay. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 5, 2008.


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2 Responses to Good Lollipop Kills Bacteria That Causes Tooth Decay
  1. Evan
    February 5, 2008 | 11:19 pm

    I wonder how long until an immune strain evolves?

  2. Samuel Hershey
    August 10, 2010 | 5:18 pm

    Yeah I have read the same research a week ago. This lollipop is amazing! the dentists Bartlett said that since children are fond of eating sweets that leads to serious cavities, this invention could help them fight cavities.

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